Rachel Lindsay Grills Brendan About His 'Bachelorette' Journey: 'It Sounds Like You Were Never Ready'
Brendan Morais stopped by “Bachelor Happy Hour,” where he spoke with co-hosts Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin about his experience competing for Tayshia Adams’ heart on Season 16 of “The Bachelorette.”
As viewers witnessed during last night’s first installment of the dramatic two-part finale, Brendan eliminated himself before making it to a Fantasy Suite date. After spending the day with Tayshia — and looking at engagement rings with longtime “Bachelorette” jeweler Neil Lane — the commercial roofer broke things off, citing fears over a potential proposal.
According to Rachel, Brendan shouldn’t have taken his relationship with Tayshia that far if he had such doubts — and the former Bachelorette wasn’t afraid to tell him just that while grilling him about the situation on “Bachelor Happy Hour.”
“I hear you, but everybody knows what this show’s about. Every time you accepted a rose at a Rose Ceremony, that’s one step closer to you moving towards an engagement,” Rachel began. “You know that. There are no tricks or anything when it comes to that. So, to me, it’s such a cop-out to say, ‘Well, when I was on the Neil Lane date…’”
She continued, “You know what you’re moving towards every single Rose Ceremony. It’s very hard for me [to understand that] you just wake up and then realize it’s happening. I don’t understand that. It honestly doesn’t make sense to me. At the same time, do you think that’s selfish on your part? Because it sounds like you were never ready for this.”
In response, Brendan told Rachel that he “never promised Tayshia, or promised anyone” that he would be able to get to a place where he would feel comfortable getting down on one knee.
But Rachel didn’t seem satisfied with that answer. “You’re talking to two former leads!” she told Brendan, reminding him of her and Becca’s respective turns as the Bachelorette. “You’re making them feel like you’re moving [forward]. Tayshia’s intentions never changed. She always said what she wanted and when you accept a rose, that’s what you’re accepting, that you as well are willing to move forward towards what she wants.”
The former attorney added, “So yeah, you never verbally said it. But you did it with your actions by staying every week. That’s why I asked you, do you think you were selfish?”
Brendan admitted that he can see how his actions might be interpreted as self-serving but stood by his decision to leave the show when he did.
“As a whole, it would appear to be a selfish move on my part of how things ended,” he told Rachel. “You might not be able to look at it this way — and it’s obviously up for everyone’s judgment and opinion — but I was trying to be as selfless as possible and not take it to the very end with Tayshia and inform her of this then, not being the last guy and dropping this bomb on her end.”
Watch part of Brendan’s interview with Rachel and Becca below — and don’t forget to subscribe to “Bachelor Happy Hour” on Apple Podcasts.
The second part of the “Bachelorette” Season 16 finale airs tonight on ABC at 8 p.m.